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October 2011 Archives

Recording Live this Sunday: The CBC-MusicNL Songwriters Circle

stockwood water.jpgKim Stockwood (left) will be there.

So will Ron Hynes and a host of other great Newfoundland songwriters.

If you love a great tune, you'll want to be there as well.

It's the 2011 CBC-MusicNL Songwriters' Circle, this Sunday afternoon at the Delta Hotel in St. John's.

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The lineup is spectacular. Along with Kim and Ron, you'll hear Matthew Hornell, Mark BraggMegan Warren, Dan Bursey (right), Craig Young, and Andrew James O'Brien.

The show features two sets, with four songwriters in each set. So you get two circles for the price of one.

If you're in the St. John's area, please join us at the Delta. Admission is $20 and the music begins at 2:00.

We'll be recording the music for future broadcast on the Performance Hour, and it will sound a whole lot better if you're part of the show.

Check out the Music Newfoundland and Labrador website for more about the Songwriters' Circle and other events in what promises to be a jam-packed MusicNL Awards Week. 

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Fierce, Feisty and Furious: The Dardanelles in Concert

 
Dards_Ship-1.jpg"...a bunch of young bucks lashing through a fierce and feisty bunch of fit trad grace notes." - Irish Times
 

"...a fresh and invigorating new voice in Newfoundland music." - Patrick Boyle, musician

 
"The Dardanelles... played accordions, fiddles and guitars loud and furious and then louder and more furious." - Cleveland Dealer
 
Many folk musicians talk about their love of the past, about honouring the tradition and preserving a legacy.
 
But if you're looking for a band that looks ahead, driving the tradition relentlessly forward, we've got it for you this Saturday (Oct. 15).
 
The Dardanelles make the old music sound as fresh and vital as if it was written yesterday, 
 
Without opting for "contemporary" arrangements - no electric guitars or drums here - the band gives the Newfoundland tradition a shot of adrenalin by capturing the joy and fire within the classic tunes.
 
The musicianship is brilliant, but it's the spirit of discovery and infectious devotion to the music that makes the Dardanelles one of the hottest young trad acts in Canada.
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Joanna Barker: A Songwriter Grows Up in Public

Thumbnail image for IMG_0222.JPGJoanna Barker has played music all her life. But it's barely a year since she took centre stage and started singing her own songs.

Joanna is the latest in a series of young singer-songwriters to emerge from Grand Falls-Winsor.

It was another Grand Falls artist, Matthew Hornell, who convinced Joanna to do her first bar gig when she moved to St. John's. Now she's working on her first album.

This Saturday (October 8) Joanna Barker joins us in the CBC studio to play a few songs and tell us about her early adventures in music.

Also this week, the prolific Ian Foster. The St. John's songwriter talks about his latest album, Evening Light. It's his fifth full-length CD in the last five years.